Today, 6th July, is the International Day of Kissing. So it’s time to start thinking about who you’re going to kiss (hopefully it should be obvious, unless you lead a far more wild life than I do) and what you’re going to be putting on your lips. We were hunting down the best lipsticks to up your snoggability factor and found the best solution to suit even the most serial of germophobes.
Matte, lacquer, long-wear, etc., etc., – that’s not what we’re factoring as important for this romantic yet germy day… when we heard about the new Skinicer ocean kiss lipsticks, we thought, ‘Yes! How are hygienic lipsticks not a thing already?!’ Containing a unique extract of microalgae called Spiralin, it’s been clinically proven to have antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, collagen-forming, cell-regenerative, as well as UV-protective properties.
So if you’re planning to go on a big snogathon, you should definitely be thinking about preventing cold sores – sorry, but that’s just good practical thinking.
Not only are they 100% natural, but they’re specifically formulated for sensitive lips and lips that are prone to cold sores. The antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties break up the reinfection cycle to reduce the risk of those pesky little things from popping up.
It’s no doubt that most of us wear lip products on a daily basis and reapply regularly; usually after munching down a feed or after kissing a good-lookin’ beau. I can think of so many lippies and compacts that I’ve kept for several months; heck, some of them I’ve kept for years! Any bacteria from dead skin cells, food particles, or dirty drinking glasses remain on the product and you end up reapplying the germs. This leads to infections and are especially common for those who have sensitive lips.
In winter where the flu virus is abound, it’s essential to adapt our lip care habits accordingly. Experts wave a red flag on sharing lipstick, gloss and balm, as the mouth is the quickest way to spread germs.
So how does it work, you ask? Spiralin covers the lip’s skin cells with a protective film to help prevent infections. Plus, it’s been proven to regenerate damaged skin cells and boost collagen production by up to 36% which means fuller, plumper looking lips. This is combined with natural hydrating ingredients such as Jojoba oil and beeswax for moisture-rich lip protection.
Skinicer ocean kiss lipsticks are made in Germany using organic ingredients where possible, are free of parabens and silicons, as well as lactose and gluten.
Last but certainly not least, the microalgae super-ingredient also protects skin cells from UV-radiation. As with the rest of our skin, UV exposure is one of the fastest ageing factors and also happens to be one of the most common triggers for cold sore outbreaks.
Available in four long-lasting and essential shades, choose from Nude, Coral Pink, Classic Red, and Dark Red for $49.00 each.
If you’re in need of some extra protection for cold sore prone lips, the Spirularin® HS Lip Cream can be applied beneath the lipstick in acute cases. An application study proved that natural lip care with Spirularin HS ($42.00, 10ml) has superior results to the common pharmaceutical alternative (i.e. Acyclovir).
Available through aesthetikonzept.com and selected health stores.
Image Credits: Rhea Viana English